With TVs becoming increasingly spectacular and offering a fantastic all-round viewing experience, it’s essential that you build your DVD collection to make the most of the exciting new technologies. With television sizes growing ever larger and home theatre systems becoming progressively louder, almost anyone can enjoy a cinema-esque experience from the comfort of their own living room. And let’s face it, few things are better than sitting down and enjoying a box set marathon of your favourite TV show.
However if you’re not the kind of person who has become hooked on a TV series, how do you know which box sets are worth buying? That’s where we come in! Our short guide to the top five box sets should keep you busy for many months to come. You’ll just need to make sure that you’ve got plenty of free time, a mountain of snacks and a decent TV such as a Toshiba on which to enjoy your addictive new box sets.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at our top five DVD box sets:
House of Cards: Season 1 (above)
As a general rule of thumb, anything that Kevin Spacey stars in is a hit and House of Cards is no exception. This gripping political drama is a Netflix original and is definitely worthy of a spot on our top five list.
Adapted from a BBC mini-series of the same name, House of Cards is actually based on a novel by Michael Dobbs which is set in modern day Washington D.C. Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a lifelong Democrat and House majority whip. Spacey’s character is overlooked for a senior government position and in response, decides to seek revenge and achieve a position of power using whatever means necessary.
House of Cards is gritty political skulduggery at its very best which is why we recommend the season one box set as a definitive part of your DVD collection.
Boardwalk Empire: Season 4
If you’re not familiar with Boardwalk Empire and haven’t watched the first three series, getting up to speed for the fourth season should be your top priority. This prohibition era period gangster drama is set in Atlantic City in the 1920s. The show oozes swagger and the wardrobe crew must have had a field day crafting all the drool-worthy suits.
Steve Buscemi plays Nucky Thomson, a villainous mayor who carves out a brutal bootlegging empire by taking care of anyone that might thwart his plans. Thomson soon finds his way onto the FBI’s radar as his lavish lifestyle draws increasing attention and controversy.
Luther: Season 3
Set in London, Luther is a psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as the title character, DCI John Luther. The Detective Chief Inspector possesses a brilliant mind that makes him a genius when it comes to solving murders. However, this isn’t always enough to save him from the cruel realities of his job and throughout the series we see him become obsessed in an almost violently possessed way.
The series has received much acclaim, with Elba picking up a Golden Globe Award at the 69th annual event. Luther has also received a string of Emmy Award nominations, yet despite its success, the show’s creator has stated that there will be no fourth season. However, there is currently a feature film in production which is sure to delight Luther’s colossal fanbase.
Game of Thrones: Season 3
If you haven’t yet seen any episodes of the epic masterpiece that is Game of Thrones, you’re in for a real treat! Nudity, witches, dragons, kings, pirates and even zombies are all present in this wildly successful blockbuster series.
Based on the series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones was always going to make for an awesome TV series and HBO have definitely got this one right.
When the king is executed under suspicious circumstances, a power struggle ensues which embroils numerous noble families, each believing the throne should be theirs. Sean Bean fans will be disappointed to learn that his character literally gets his head chopped off right at the beginning.
Breaking Bad: Season 6
Breaking Bad will surely go down in history as one of, if not the best, TV series of all time. The show follows the antics of Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who starts making crystal meth when he learns he has lung cancer.
White, played by Bryan Cranston, teams up with a former student, Jesse Pinkman to create a thriving drug enterprise. The pair make bizarre business partners but their intriguing and multifaceted relationship is one of the defining aspects of this truly great series.